Reflect, restore, and create in the beautiful San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State!
October 8th-12th – Doe Bay Resort and Retreat – Orcas Island, WA
With Mary Bue – Founder of Imbue Yoga, Musician, and e-RYT 500 (as of July 2018) + special guests including Annie Kiel (co-founder of Firefly Yoga International) and certified Seattle-based Yoga Therapist Tracy Weber
Practice Yoga, meditation & self-inquiry to rejuvenate your spirit and stoke your creative fire. Enjoy outdoor hot tubs & sauna, experience gorgeous hikes, and bask in soulful music. Dine on local, organic vegan meals catered exclusively for us from the chef at Doe Bay Cafe.
At this 5 day / 4 night retreat, we will immerse ourselves in the mystical beauty of Orcas island. It is a bit of an epic journey to get here … and once we arrive we’ll slow down, settle in, and receive the fresh ocean mist and the blue-green scenes of the landscape to offer up a soothing balm for the eyes, mind, and heart.
Pic: Spa in November – still so green!
During our sessions, we will practice yoga asana (postures) with a few daily class options, pranayama (conscious breathwork), mantra (chanting / singing), meditation, and self study (svadhyaya). There will be free time during the afternoons for reflection, hiking, kayak rental, soaking in the hot tubs (clothing optional). Meals will be festive and nourishing with plant-based cuisine, much of which is grown on site from Doe Bay’s organic gardens. Also, optional whale watching excursion for a little extra cost!
This retreat is for those of us who love nature and like to dive deep. We will be working with CREATIVITY all week. One does not have to be a self-appointed “artist” to attend. Every day, through every choice we make, we are creating our LIFE. How can we be more mindful of what we are creating? How can we create the life we dream? How can we stoke our creative fire if it is burning low? Using tools from an artist’s life, yoga philosophy, Jungian psychology and more, we will reflect, write, and receive via dreams, by eating awesomely nourishing food, and bask in the gifts of this mystical island.
For lodging, you could stay with the core group at the cozy Retreat House. Within the Retreat House there are multiple options from private rooms, semi-private rooms, or “dorm” living spaces. You could also choose select your own lodging adventure at the resort’s many charming rustic (or more luxurious) cabins, yurts, camping (or maybe something more like “glamping”). More info on lodging below.
October is a transitional season. Many of us will be coming off of a busy, active summer. Maybe the kids are back in school and it’s time to reflect and take stock. Maybe it’s time for a solo escape to somewhere different and beautiful with a cool group you can feel safe / supported by (as well as take many options for solitude)! While this month is the start of the “off-season” in the San Juan islands, we will have the gift of having more space at the resort than at peak times. We’ll have the cafe to ourselves for most meals (it is only open to the public on the last day of our retreat). The weather, yes, will be cooler and possibly rainy, so plan for that! But the hot tubs will be hot and the yoga studio will be cozy and all ours. You’ll be gifted a journal for your reflections (feel free to bring your own if you’re working in one already!), as well as access to art + collage materials. What could be more cozy than painting, writing, reading, with coffee / tea / or wine nearby, watching the beautiful drizzle, mist or sun reflected on the ripples of the Salish Sea?
About Doe Bay Resort & Retreat:
“Doe Bay, once a secret gem of the Pacific Northwest, has a long, colorful history and a loyal group of fans and followers both local and worldwide. The accommodations are rustic and charming, but the real Doe Bay experience lies beyond your cabin, yurt or tent. It may be what you feel when you walk quietly to the tip of Meditation Point and stand alone, except for the active sea life playing in front of you. It may strike you when you return from a vigorous hike up Mt. Constitution and relax with your friends in the sauna or the soaking tubs. It will certainly happen when you eat a meal at the Doe Bay Café. We invite you to visit and discover for yourself the remarkable, ineffable quality of this place.
A warm heart of the Doe Bay stay, the clothing-optional soaking tubs and sauna are an idyllic way to begin or finish a day here. For many guests, this experience is the centerpiece of their Doe Bay stay, offering supreme relaxation with one of the best views in the region. People come to the space from around the country…and they have a hard time leaving.
Our spa features three outdoor saltwater soaking tubs, a sauna, outdoor shower and an on-site bathroom. Deepen your relaxation by getting a massage in one of our on-site treatment studios.” DoeBay.com
Sample daily schedule:
7:30am Morning Vinyasa or Slow Flow + Meditation
8:30-9:30 Grab + Go Breakfast
10-12 Midmorning Workshop sessions with Mary + special guests. Mary’s goal is to inspire people to tap into their creative wells using yoga postures, breathing & philosophy and also have some tools to take home, to their creative work spaces, to their relationships, to their careers, to their dreams (more details below).
12-1:30 Lunch at Doe Bay Cafe (family style)
1:30-5:30pm Free time: Hike, read, write, soak in a hot tub, sauna, schedule a massage, check out the island, optional whale watching excursion!
On the first full day, Annie Kiel will lead an Arm Balances + Inversions workshop in the afternoon.
4pm Happy Hour Yoga on a few afternoons
5:30-7pm Dinner at Doe Bay Cafe
7:30 – 9pm Restorative OR Yoga Nidra practice OR entertainment by special guests. On our last night together, Doe Bay Cafe is open to the public and hosts and open mic so you could show your stuff!
9pm Maybe have a fire? Or go to bed and incubate some DREAMS!
Mid-Morning Workshop Topics
In each session there will be movement, breathwork, mantra, ritual, reflection. We will delve into these possibilities during our lectures + discussion over our time together:
- Infinite Creative Bliss / Wisdom
- Chakra Study
- Working with the Shadow (our dark side, inner critic)
- Attachment / Aversion
- How writing / reflection can help us live the life we love
- Yogic lifestyle / ethics (Yamas + Niyamas)
- Persevering practice, faith, and letting go (reflections on the yoga sutras)
- Gifts from nature – plant walk & meditation
- The big HEART (Hrdayam)
Recommended (but not necessary) reading:
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Yamas + Niyamas by Deborah Adele
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Special Tuesday Workshop
Arm Balances + Inversions
We are thrilled to welcome Annie Kiel Yoga who will be teaching an Arm Balances + Inversions workshop to “flip” our perspectives as well as alternating morning and happy hour yoga sessions.
Teaching beginner through advanced yoga, Annie pays particular attention to alignment and safety as students move from posture to posture, connecting breath with movement, while finding stillness in the mind. She strongly believes that yoga is a lifelong practice that cultivates a better awareness of achieving balance on (and off) the mat. Annie encourages students to focus their energy inward and to be active participants in creating their own experience by listening to their bodies and drawing awareness to both the physical and mental practice of yoga. Though she’s trained to teach a variety of styles of asana, Annie primarily teaches an athletic style of vinyasa inspired by Ashtanga. She has over 1,300 hours of teaching experience and completed over 500 hours of yoga teacher trainings, including: O2 Yoga’s 200-hr teacher training program, 100-hr Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing, a 40-hr prenatal yoga teacher training, a 60-hr yin yoga training, yoga for action (social justice), and countless hours of continuing education through workshops, conferences, and presentations.
Annie holds a MA in Gender and Peace Building and a MPH in Global Health. In 2013, Annie married her passions for yoga and international health by co-founding Firefly Yoga International, a nonprofit which uses yoga as the public health intervention for survivors of trauma. Through Firefly, she co-facilitates a 30-hr trauma-informed yoga training for teachers and social service providers across the country. In November 2016, Annie completed training to become a certified Health and Wellness Coach. She thrives on building strong communities locally and globally!
Special Wednesday Workshop
Recharging the Chakras of Creativity w/ Tracy Weber
About Mary’s teaching:
Mary was trained in the lineage of Viniyoga in Seattle at Whole Life Yoga by Tracy Weber in 2009. In July 2018 will receive, if all goes as planned, her advanced yoga training certification from what was formerly Yoga Center of Minneapolis and is now Minneapolis Yoga Training and Wellness. Her style of teaching is down to earth, accessible, trauma-informed, warm, hopeful. All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications will be provided. Please fill out any relevant details about your yoga practice (injuries, concerns, goals, etc) on our retreat registration form.
About Our Retreat Host:
Mary Bue is a certified yoga instructor, founder of Imbue Yoga Studio and an indie musician with 7+ albums under her belt. She has independently toured in 40+ states, written thousands of unpublished poems, written in heaps of journals and created stacks of unseen paintings. She has been Artist in Residence at The Seaside Institute in Seaside, FL, Big Cypress Nature Preserve and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. She fights with her ego every day and keeps sane practicing yoga, cooking, running and of course, making art. More about Mary music & the studio at marybue.com and imbueyoga.com
Option 1: Stay at Retreat House (above)
Retreat house has plenty of space to relax and be comfortable. It is planted just a short walk from the gardens and soaking tubs. It offers a full kitchen if you need to prepare anything beyond our group meals. There are 2 private rooms available (1 queen bed in each), 2 semi-private rooms (2 full beds in each), and “dorm” style living areas with futons (no bunk beds, don’t worry! … or maybe you love bunk beds!). Shared full bathrooms (as noted, just a short walk from soaking tubs too … perched over a waterfall … overlooking the puget sound)!
Option 2: Self Select your own lodging
Doe Bay Resort has rustic and more luxurious cabins to choose from, as well as yurts or camping (glamping) if you prefer! Please note that it will be chilly and perhaps rainy in October, so pack accordingly if you are camping!
Find your dream cabin or yurt and reserve online at https://doebay.com/accommodations/ or call: 360-376-2291
Three vegan meals a day: Grab and go breakfast at your leisure w/ tea + coffee, family style lunch + dinner at Doe Bay Cafe catered exclusively for us by the cafe’s chef. “The waterfront Doe Bay Café is dedicated to celebrating the unique seasonality, flavor and freshness of Orcas Island farms & foragers with every plate that comes out of our kitchen … In 2009 an intrepid chef took up a shovel and started digging. Six years later we have over an acre filled to the brim with vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit trees … Since its inception, the garden has aimed to create a model of sustainability that is beneficial to both the environment and the business.”
“By growing food onsite and returning our own compost waste to our soil, we are ‘closing the loop’ as much as possible. We aspire to:
• Organically grow delicious and healthy produce for the Doe Bay Café year-round.
• Build and maintain soil fertility and health with our café compost program, cover cropping, and use of organic soil amendments.
• Source our seed ethically and save our own seed as often as we can.
• Serve as a welcoming, relaxing space for resort guests, staff, and the local community.
• Serve as a hands on learning center for our wonderful WWOOFers”
Gluten free options will also be available . There is a small store for snacks should you need and when you arrive on island or the ferry port, feel free to purchase other items you may desire. The Retreat House has a full commercial kitchen and there is a community kitchen should you need if you are camping or in rustic lodging. We assure you, there will be plenty of beautiful food.
Pricing / Investment:
Non-refundable $500 Deposit reserves your spot (please select with your deposit which type of lodging you prefer) or pay in full, right here, right now, on the form below!
Once you have placed the deposit / payment, Mary will email you the registration form. Full payment balance due August 31st, 2018.
If you have questions do not hesitate to email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text 218.341.1577
Pricing does NOT include airfare, rental car, or ferry travel. Alas, it does not include massage or whale watching either!
What is included:
- Local, organic, vegan meals a day at Doe Bay Cafe catered for us (grab + go breakfast, family style lunch + dinner)
- 2-3 Yoga / Meditation sessions a day
- Live musical entertainment 1-2 nights
- Daily access to yoga studio, soaking tubs, sauna, and abundant nature
- *Lodging if selected* – or reserve your own lodging
Option 1: Retreat House
Private Room – 1 Queen Size Bed (2 rooms available)
Earlybird $1,050. Full price $1,200
Semi-Private Room (2 full beds in each room. Cost is for 1 bed – 4 available)
Earlybird $900. Full price $1000
Dorm / Common Area – Futon – 4 available
Earlybird $800. Full price $875
*If you have a friend / partner you would like to share a bed with, one of you may purchase the above rate, and the other purchase the “Choose your own lodging / bed share in Retreat House” option
Option 2: Choose your own lodging
Includes all retreat programming + meals
Earlybird self-select lodging $600. Full Price $675
Check out your lodging, glamping, yurt, or cabin options + pricing here and call or go online to reserve at your own leisure
When you’re ready to take the leap, please select lodging option or deposit from menu below!
Earlybird discount valid until June 31st, 2018.
$500 deposit is non-refundable. In case of cancellation, a refund less $500 will be given through August 31st, 2018. No refunds after August 31st, 2018.
The journey to Orcas Island is GORGEOUS and part of the adventure! If traveling to the kinda (intentionally) remote location of this retreat is something you have some concern about, please know that I (Mary) am here to help you coordinate your journey!
While travel to the island is not included in the investment of the retreat, I can do my best to help you organize your arrival in the most financially savvy, convenient, and stress-free way as possible. You can fly to Seattle or Bellingham and take another quick flight over to Orcas Island, you could rent a car in Seattle / Bellingham and take it on the ferry (fun!). You can take a bus or shuttle to the Anacortes ferry terminal from either airport and from there take an uber or taxi once you get to the island to make it to Doe Bay Resort and Retreat.
I am also up for helping to organize ride shares for those attending and will do my best to help synch up schedules.
I hope that eases your mind! Just remember the ferry ride is BEAUTIFUL, the island speed limit is 40 mph, and there are many non-stop flights to Seattle from wherever you are coming from.
Early bird prices until the end of June!
If traveling by plane, we recommend arriving to Seattle a day or two before to acclimate as the journey to Orcas involves a car ride (90 mins), ferry (hour-ish?) and another car ride (30-45 mins). Plus, SEATTLE IS AWESOME. Mary is happy to offer suggestions for cool things to do in Seattle!
Flights to Seattle from Minneapolis/St. Paul as of April 2018, October flights start from $203 on Google flights
And to everyone else who will be flying: Google Flights is pretty spectacular at finding great deals.
Car rental recommended – Approx $25 / day via Kayak for economy cars (no mountainous driving required and no snow expected)
From Seattle to Ferry Terminal at Anacortes (please note, you must reserve a place on the ferry via Washington State Ferry) :
From I-5 take exit 230, which is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham. Head west on Highway 20 to Anacortes and then follow the signs to the San Juan ferry terminal (view a map and get directions). Then take a Washington State Ferry to the Orcas ferry landing which is 20 miles from Doe Bay.
For the most convenience, drive your car onto the boat. It is also possible to rent cars on the island, with free drop-off and pick-ups at the ferry dock if arranged in advance – (360)-376-RIDE. Once you arrive on Orcas Island, just follow everyone off the ferry to the left onto Orcas Road.
You will drive about 10 miles, and then the speed limit slows to 25 and a right-hand turn lane opens up. There is a bank with a clock tower on this corner. Turn right to drive through the town of Eastsound. This is a great chance to stock up on groceries, gasoline, or other shopping needs. Orcas Road will become Main Street, and then Main Street will become Crescent Beach Drive. Proceed along Crescent Beach Drive, and take a right at the T (last gas station is on your left) onto Olga Road.
After about seven more miles, you will drive through Moran State Park (please drive slowly through the park!). Three more miles of driving and you will see the Olga Café, here turn left to stay on the main road, called Point Lawrence Road. After approximately three more miles you will see a Doe Bay sign on the right with two deer on it.